|PACKED START TO THE YEAR AT JOHN F KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL|
MONTREAL, OCTOBER 24, 2013 – Students at John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel have enjoyed a packed beginning to the school year.
Noted speaker Jennifer Cyr was invited to help kick off the school year by sharing an inspirational message encouraging students to persist through difficult moments in life. She encouraged students to be true role models for each other and work together to improve their lives. The day ended with a corn roast and hot dog lunch.
The first month of the school year culminated with a camping trip for Grade 10 students that was focused on team building activities, allowing these students to understand their leadership roles within the school and learn how to act as positive role models for younger students. The trip was funded in part by a Saturday car wash, which doubled as a way to bring the grade further together.
While a camping trip was not on the agenda for Grade 7, students still enjoyed a day in Rowdon with some team building exercises at Arbraska. The day of was followed by an Omnikin ball tournament and a family BBQ and orientation for parents.
October began with the chance to reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving for students in Grades 9, 10 and 11. Students presented dramatic readings on the “Attitude of Gratitude” along with a PowerPoint presentation that focused on being thankful for what they have. Presenters visited every class in the school as they reminded us to be thankful for what we have every day, not just Thanksgiving Day.
The highlight of October was the visit by Montreal Canadiens alumnus Mathieu Darche, the McGill Redmen and Concordia Stingers to launch the EMSB’s annual “Score with School Program” as well JFK’s new hockey team funded by the “Le But” program. Students were encouraged to be involved in as many activities as possible and help build a better community.
Michael J. Cohen